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08-13-2000, 01:51 AM
I would be interested to hear how people deal with seeing/painting on really sunny, glarey days . I have a lot of trouble with this and would much rather paint on an overcast day when the colours are clearer and not so shifting . Or else paint very early or late in the day .
Would one of those photographers white umbrellas help ?

08-14-2000, 12:58 AM
I tend to paint morning or evening in the spring and summer for that reason. It is just so much more interesting to paint with long cast shadows.

08-14-2000, 06:22 AM
Colin, yes i agree with painting in the early or later hours for this reason as well as ,as Linda has pointed out, the fact that the lighting is much more interesting. But if your are painting in the midday sun an umbrella will certainly make you more comfortable. I saw something funny last month...This guy was painting outdoors, in July...in Florida, mind you & he was wearing sunglasses! http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/biggrin.gif: bet that turned out quite the mess ay?

08-14-2000, 11:45 PM
Painting early and late is a good suggestion. You could also try:

1) orienting your easel so the painting surface faces away from the sun; so it is in shadow.
2) tilt the painting surface downward slightly.
3) find a shady spot in which to place your easel; be aware of the sun's path, so you will remain in the shade for 2 hours.
4) use an umbrella to create shade, when a shady spot is not available.
5) wear a wide brimmed hat.
6) wear dull/drab color clothing.
7) avoid setting up near reflecting surfaces, like walls, automobiles, smooth water, light color ground, etc.

Try to use as many of these tricks as you can each time you paint outdoors. It should help control the glare problem. Good luck on your on site adventures.


08-15-2000, 11:08 AM
These are actually some of my favorite days to paint. They can be a pain, but I think well worth the effort.

It is difficult finding a place to set up that doesn't cast heavy shadows on your work, but I just get over it and on with it.

For me...the favorite set up is looking into the sun, with the scene backlit. Believe me, I do a lot of natural eye squinting this way. Here are two greatly reduced jpeg sized images of my work that simply give an idea. Larry

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<IMG SRC="http://www.wetcanvas.com/Critiques/User/Backlit_Peshtigo.JPG" border=0>

[This message has been edited by lseiler (edited August 15, 2000).]

08-15-2000, 11:55 AM
I cannot plein air with out my hat! http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/smile.gif

08-15-2000, 05:12 PM
Thanks, folks !
I will take advantage of the suggestions . Except the sunglasses one !